The Southeast Transition to Organic Partnership Program is a coalition of partners that offer a comprehensive range of resources and support to transitioning and existing organic producers.
This coalition of partners serves producers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is a certifier-neutral program.
Mentorship Support – Technical Assistance – Partnership Network – Training & Education – Networking & Community Building
The Southeast Transition to Organic Partnership Program is supported through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). TOPP is a program of the USDA Organic Transition Initiative and is administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP).
Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP)
The TOPP Mentorship Program– facilitates connections and provides support to both experienced organic producers and producers in the process of transitioning to organic farming. The program aims to build a strong network of organic producers and ensure a smooth transition for those seeking organic certification.
By fostering mentorship relationships between experienced organic producers and those transitioning to organic farming, the TOPP Mentorship Program creates a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration within the organic farming community. This program not only facilitates a smoother transition process for producers but also strengthens the network of organic producers across the country.
Interested in becoming an organic mentor?
Southeast TOPP is seeking experienced and passionate certified organic producers to serve as mentors for transitioning producers. The paid mentoring opportunity, including training, mentorship time, and travel, is a valuable incentive for qualified mentors to participate in the program. It’s also noteworthy that Southeast TOPP is inclusive of all crop and livestock producers and welcomes applications from individuals certified with any certifier. This mentorship opportunity not only benefits transitioning producers but also strengthens the organic farming community by fostering knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Program requirements for mentors:
- At least 3 years of experience with organic production and certification
- Ability to meet 45 hour commitment/year
- Strong understanding of the rules, challenges and benefits of organic production and certification
- Interest in mentoring, teaching, and sharing knowledge
- Mentors receive $3,000 stipend/year of participation
- Additional stipend for mentors with more than one mentee
- Applicants with language skills beyond English may be eligible for additional compensation
- Mentor applications are accepted on a rolling basis
Interested in guidance on transitioning to organic?
If you are in the process of transitioning to organic farming and looking for guidance and support, you can apply for a mentor through the program. Mentors, who are experienced organic producers, will provide advice on organic practices and certification to help you navigate the transition process successfully. Applying for a mentor through this program can be a valuable resource for acquiring knowledge, receiving guidance, and building a strong foundation for your organic farming journey. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from experienced organic producers and make your transition to organic farming a smoother and more successful one.
- This is a free mentorship opportunity for all crop and livestock producers transitioning to organic in the Southeast region states, including: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is a certifier-neutral program.
- This is a certifier-neutral program, you may seek certification with any certifier to participate.
Are you interested in learning more about the Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP)?
Fill out the SE TOPP interest form below or email us at email@example.com.